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Charleston International Film Festival


Every Fall, discover what makes Charleston, South Carolina the destination of choice for art and culture. Join us for an inspiring celebration of the art and science of film and screenwriting, in a city known for its alluring landscapes, enduring architecture, world class cuisine, and unrivaled hospitality.

The Charleston International Film Festival accomplishes their mission to educate, entertain, and inspire by showcasing the works of veteran and emerging writers and filmmakers, from the U.S. and around the globe in the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina.

The five day event kicks off with an amazing Opening Night reception at the world class Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston, and continues with features, shorts, documentaries and animations of all genre and subject matter. Some of the many past interesting events for attendees have included a screenplay spectacular where live actors bring scripts to life on stage, Q&A's with industry pros Chris Brigham and Laray Mayfield, virtual production, editing, and principles of animation workshops, script to screen seminars, and even camera drone operations. (The Charleston International Film Festival is a 501(c)3non profit organization and offers workshops and seminars free of charge to attendees).

We love to show Filmmakers and Screenwriters some southern hospitality in Charleston. In addition to the above, all are cordially invited to nightly socials, special photography and history tours, participation in interviews and podcasts, daily happy hours and meeting interesting new people in the inventivENVIRONMENTS Lounge, and of course the Awards Ceremony.

Thank you for considering the Charleston International Film Festival for you next project, we would be honored to hear from you. For discount submissions, email, subject line ' Discount Submissions"


2011 Panels and Seminars

Here is the official list of the 2011 panels and workshop seminars happening at this year’s Charleston InternationalFilm Festival. Don’t miss these rare opportunities to gain insight from professionals currently working in the film industry and learn great techniques ranging from animation to 3D filmmaking. Panels and seminars will be held throughout the festival, so be sure to register for the one (or ones) that interest you! For more information and the Charleston International Film Festival’s complete festival guide log onto


PROVIDING VENUES FOR INDEPENDENTFILMS:  Thursday, May 19th @ 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Location TBA

The independent film industry is constantly changing but one thing remains the same... filmmakers want outlets for their films to be seen by as many viewers as possible. Join Michael Katchman from REEL CLICK who will discuss the cutting edge new venue streams for Independent Filmmakers. Reel Click U will all be presented as the cutting edge NEW venue providers for independent filmmakers. If you are looking for NEW and Innovative avenues to market your film, this is a must stop for you at the Charleston International Film Festival.


Michael Katchman has been in the film distribution business for 26 years with Orion Pictures, MGM, Lions Gate and First Look Studios. Michael has taken his years of experience and formed to help open new venues for independent filmmakers.


ANIMATION WORKSHOP:  Thursday,May 19th@ 3:00 - 5:00 PM - College of Charleston

Learn Animation techniques. Keyframing and Rotoscoping are primary topics instructed by Dave Brown.

Location: College of Charleston, Thaddeus Street Education Building, 25 St. Philip Street Charleston, SC room 207 


*To register and for more information please contact Dave Brown at or 843-953-8168


MOVIE EDITING WORKSHOP:  Friday, May20th @ 3:00 - 5:00PM - College of Charleston

Learn the fundamentals and some advanced techniques of Final Cut Pro editing software from professional Dave Brown.

Location: College of Charleston, Thaddeus Street Education Building, 25 St. Philip Street Charleston, SC room 207


*To register and for more information please contact Dave Brown at or 843-953-8168 


3D WORKSHOP AND Q&A:  Saturday,May 21st@ 10:00 - NOON - American Theater/Starz Lounge

With the emerging technology of 3D, most see it as a gimmick in filmmaking. With the playing field leveled for budgets big and small, we'll tackle the economics and aesthetics of 3D production for documentaries and feature films. Led by Nic Izzi of 235 Films and pros from 3D Camera Company (3DCC) that created the magic for Saw, Resident Evil, and other productions.



SC FILM COMMISSION - INDIE GRANT PROGRAM Q&A + FILMS:  Saturday, May 21st@ 1:00 PM - American Theater

In the Fall of 2010, the South Carolina Film Commission established its Indie Grant program, the first-ever of its kind in the nation. Partnering with Trident Technical College (TTC), the program provides small grants for South Carolina filmmakers, acting as an investment in in-state talent. The grants are designed to give filmmakers a leg up as they create projects that garner industry exposure for the state, while also creating training opportunities for TTC film students.


The Film Commission will be accepting applications for the next round of Indie Grants from May 9 to May 27, 2011. For applications and more information, visit, or contact